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The Ultimate Collection: 24 Greatest Hits

The Ultimate Collection: 24 Greatest Hits


With the expirations of copyrights in Europe (where a 50-year limit is in effect), Deanna Durbin's Decca recordings of the 1930s and '40s entered the public domain in the 1980s and '90s, leading to a slew of unlicensed reissues. This budget-priced British entry is typical of the lower end of the scale in such product. Despite the misleading title -- it is hardly "ultimate," and Durbin had no "hits" in the usually accepted sense -- it does contain 24 of Durbin's recordings for Decca Records between her first session, in 1936, and 1944. In his liner notes, Tony Watts describes the songs as "[t]aken from some of Deanna's most popular films," which is largely true, at least in the sense that Durbin sang 17 of them in her films, but not in the sense that it implies these are actual soundtrack recordings; they are not, and that's just as well. So, while the bulk of this combination of newly written pop songs and opera arias was addressed by Durbin on-screen in Spring Parade, Nice Girl?, First Love, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, Christmas Holiday, 100 Men and a Girl, Mad About Music, That Certain Age, It's a Date, and Can't Help Singing, the actual performances included here were recorded in a Decca studio, not on a Universal soundstage. That's already much more information that you get from the bare-bones annotations on the album, and what notations you do get are untrustworthy. The songwriting credits include errors and misspellings, and the song titles, especially of the opera arias, are suspect. (By the way, that's Robert Paige warbling with her on "Can't Help Singing" from the movie of the same name.) As usual, the Durbin compilations by the more expensive reissue labels, Jasmine and Pearl, are far superior, but this one has price on its side. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
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    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Import
  • UPC: 5014293614320
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Track listings

  • 1. It's Foolish But It's Fun
  • 2. Waltzing In The Clouds
  • 3. Beneath The Lights Of Home
  • 4. Spring In My Heart
  • 5. Estrellita
  • 6. Bacio, Il (The Kiss)
  • 7. Because
  • 8. Cielito Lindo
  • 9. When April Sings
  • 10. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
  • 11. Always
  • 12. It's Raining Sunbeams
  • 13. My Hero
  • 14. When The Roses Bloom Again
  • 15. Brindisi
  • 16. Ave Maria
  • 17. Amapola
  • 18. Love's Old Sweet Song
  • 19. Poor Butterfly
  • 20. Filles De Cadiz, Les
  • 21. Musetta's Waltz Song (Quando M'en Vo)
  • 22. Last Rose Of Summer, The
  • 23. Perhaps
  • 24. Can't Help Singing
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
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